Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations: Who Will Advocate for the Patient?

Authors: Lisa Bellin, MD, Peter J. Kragel, MD


In November 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued breast cancer screening recommendations. These recommendations were based on a case-based analysis,1 and were “intended to help clinicians, employers, policymakers, and others make informed decisions about the provision of health care services.” It quickly became apparent that these recommendations and the accompanying suggestions for practice would not be universally accepted by clinicians or the public in general, and many quickly rose up to cite these recommendations as the first wave of health care rationing that could become ubiquitous under health care reform.

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